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writing a novel – sub-plots

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In every story, sub-plots help with the story telling and contribute their own dynamic to the action, characters, and the relationships between characters.

sub-plot : a smaller, separate story strand that provides support for and adds complexity to the main plot

The courses I have taken have taught me that often subplots contain a minimum of three re-occurrences or ‘beats’ in a story.  A sub-plot is introduced, more is learned and the sub-plot is resolved.

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To help me identify the subplots, I have used my ‘story board.’  I identified some key subplots and put stickers on the scenes on my ‘story board’.  Here you can see the subplots ‘A’ and ‘P’.

 

plot elements

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This mapping of subplots can help me decide if some of the story is missing.  In the ‘story board’ below, sub-plot ‘P’ could be improved by a mention on Day 3 and 4 (the vertical rows of green trees indicate a day in the action).  Major inclusions of the subplot P on Days 1, 5, and 8 will be my three subplot ‘beats’.

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plot connections

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Copyright 2015  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

March 27, 2015 at 7:41 am

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  1. I think you could probably teach the course. 🙂

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    ladysighs

    March 27, 2015 at 8:20 am

    • Hi! Thanks. I make a really good student! Fun to pass on the information though! Jane

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      jane tims

      March 27, 2015 at 9:08 am


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